where to stay and what to do

With the promise of balmy weather, fine white sandy beaches, glorious local gastronomy, and a bag of culture and history, it’s no surprise that Ibiza’s four main Balearic Islands , Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca remain a destination of choice for summer holidays, pandemic or no pandemic. Add in nature reserves, ancient Talayotic sites and authentic inland villages and you’ve hit the summer jackpot.

According to the latest travel announcement made on Thursday, June 24, the Balearic Islands will be added to the UK’s green list, starting at 4 a.m. on June 30. That said, they have been moved to the green watch list, which means that they are among the green destinations “most at risk” of turning orange.

Their addition means Grant Shapps, the Secretary of Transportation, sees the islands as separate entities from their mainland, which is good news for vacationers.

Here are eight island experiences to whet your appetite for unrestricted travel (caution is always advised when booking, especially since the Balearic Islands are on the green watch list).

1. Explore the green roads in Formentera

Best months to visit: May to October

The Green Routes, a 130 km network of cycle and hiking trails, run through peaceful countryside and along the coast of Formentera. Enjoy views of lush vineyards and pine and juniper forests, passing drystone walls and shaggy sheep along the way. Stop at the island’s historic watchtowers and lighthouses and take a refreshing dip in the glassy waters of hidden coves. Stay in Es Pujols at the new luxurious and boho-chic Five Flowers, which offers a spa, rooftop bar, restaurant and large swimming pool.

How to do: Take a taxi to the port of Eivissa and a 30-minute ferry to La Savina in Formentera. Five Flowers double rooms from € 410.40 (£ 353) excluding breakfast to € 25 (£ 21) per night. Read the full hotel review here.

Regular ferries run between Eivissa and Formentera: € 37 per person (£ 32) one way (0034 865 608 423; balearia.com). Bicycles and cars can be taken on board.

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